nicholas van hattem

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Year of election to the Bar:


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Areas of practice


Arbitration and mediation
Domestic commercial arbitration

Confiscations (proceeds of crime)
Consumer protection law
Contractual disputes
Mining and resources
Professional liability

Industrial and employment
Employment contracts and restraint of trade
Industrial disputes and statutory employment rights
Public sector appeals
Workplace health and safety

Personal injuries
Workers compensation

Professional negligence



State offences
Crimes against the person
Financial crime
Juvenile justice
Money laundering  
Sexual assault
White collar and corporate crime

Commissions and other inquiries  
Crime and corruption commission  
Australian crime authority

Commonwealth offences
Crimes against the person
Financial crime
Juvenile justice
Money laundering  
White collar and corporate crime

Coronial inquests

Regulatory offences
Workplace health and safety
Environmental and planning offences

White collar and corporate crime
Confiscations (proceeds of crime)



Child protection
Restraining orders



Constitutional law

Environment and planning
Environmental and planning offences

Public and administrative
Civil and human rights
Confiscations (proceeds of crime)
Disciplinary proceedings
Judicial review and administrative law  
Liquor licensing
Merits review
Proceeds of crime



Nicholas van Hattem is a barrister with experience in commercial, government and criminal law matters. He has a particular focus on commercial disputes involving government agencies and regulatory prosecutions – particularly environmental, occupational safety and health and mining.

Nick began his career in 2008 as associate to the Hon Justice Miller before taking articles with Freehills in 2009. His practice as a solicitor included in-house roles in banking and mining; and one year with the Aboriginal Legal Service practicing in human rights, civil and criminal law.

In 2013 Nick joined the State Solicitor’s Office. He was engaged in a broad range of counsel work, appearing in the Magistrates, Coroner’s, District and Supreme Courts; State Administrative Tribunal; WA Industrial Relations Commission; and Liquor Commission. Nick has trial and appellate experience as counsel.

He was reclassified as Assistant State Solicitor in 2017, and seconded to WA Police where he acted as an advisor and counsel.

In 2011 Nick co-founded the Piddington Society, and launched the Piddington Justice Project – an initiative to connect law graduates with community legal centres – four years later. In 2017 he was named by the Law Society as Lawyer of the Year.



Date of admission: 3 September 2009

Qualifications: LLB, BA


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